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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E. Hickman Road
Waukee, Iowa 50263

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UnityPoint Clinic Adult Respiratory Illness

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

01 Patients
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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

03 Patients
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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

03 Patients
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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Our Therapist 

Amanda Erion

Amanda Erion, LISW

Amanda has been working with Eyerly Ball since August 2018. She works as a therapist and leads the RESTORE program, an innovative team-based program treating individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis. RESTORE helps individuals navigate the road to recovery, including supporting efforts to function well at home, school, work, in the social world and a sense of positive well-being and purpose. 

Amanda has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. She received her Master's degree in social work with a certificate in intrapersonal trauma studies from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

 Amanda is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) through the state of Iowa and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) through the state of Colorado. Her extensive experience in behavioral health includes, being a Clinical Supervisor in Withdrawal Management Services and Residential Treatment for substance abuse/mental health, implementing a jail-based behavioral health services program, providing group and individual therapy for court-ordered and non-court-ordered individuals, providing mental health services to individuals incarcerated in prison, and working with adolescents in a juvenile detention center. Amanda believes in working collaboratively with individuals and their support system, utilizing their strengths to help them achieve their goals and create a meaningful life in recovery.

Locations: Warren County Clinic in Indianola, IA and Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA


Cora Drew

Cora Drew, LMFT

Cora obtained a Bachelor's degree in social psychology from Park University and a Master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. She relocated to Iowa and obtained her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a certificate as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Cora is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing for treatment of trauma-related mental health concerns. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings with adolescents and adults and has an interest in co-occurring disorder treatment. She is currently working with Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services as a mental health clinician and also provides Family Education in the RESTORE program for first-time psychosis treatment.

Locations: Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA


Joe Nemmers

Joe Nemmers, LISW

Joe is a graduate from the University of Iowa with a Master's Degree of Social Work. He has several years' experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults in both residential settings and outpatient practices. His specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma, physical and sexual abuse, relationships, and grief work. Joe has a strength based approach, and use a variety of treatment modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused. Joe is also certified in EMDR. He serves as the Clinical Supervisor at Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services.


Locations: Story County Clinic in Ames, IA and Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA
John Morrow, LISW

John Morrow, LISW

John is a licensed independent social worker. He graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology with a minor in special education, and earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. John is a therapist at the Unity Point Health- Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health clinics in Des Moines and Ames. 

John has 35 years of experience helping adults manage symptoms associated with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and anger. Among his treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Motivational Interviewing. He enjoys establishing a compassionate environment and working with individuals to help ease their symptoms, develop and strengthen coping skills, and grow in confidence as they look toward the future.


Locations: Story County Clinic in Ames, IA and Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA
Kim Peterson

Kim Peterson, LMSW

Kim is a licensed master social worker. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Evangel University and her Master's degree in Social Work from University of Iowa. She is a mental health therapist at UnityPoint Health - Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services. Kim has had the privilege of working with clients of all ages from children, teens and adults who have concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse issues, school problems and relationship difficulties. She enjoys working with clients using a strength based and family systems approach.


Locations:Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA

Marisa Mickunas

Marisa Mickunas, LMHC

Marisa earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Upper Iowa University in 2006 and a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2010 from Drake University. Marisa holds a temporary license in Mental Health Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She has worked extensively with adolescents and adults with career transition concerns, substance abuse issues and involvement in the criminal justice system. Marisa primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Marisa is a therapist with the RESTORE program counseling individuals with first episode of psychosis. In addition, Marisa is trained to teach the STEPPS curriculum to adults with a diagnosis of Emotional Intensity Disorder. She currently co-facilitates the 20 week class at Eyerly Ball. 

 She enjoys forming strength-based therapeutic relationships with her clients in order to help them reach their goals. 

Marisa is originally from San Jose, CA and has been in Des Moines for 30 years. For leisure Marisa enjoys the outdoors, music, theater, yoga and spending time with family and friends. She is married and has four sons and a daughter. Marisa has worked at Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services for nearly seven years.


Locations: Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA

Marshall Abbe

Marshall Abbe, LMSW

Marshall Abbe is a Licensed Master Social Worker. He attended the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Services/Recreational Therapy, followed by a Master of Social Work degree. Marshall has clinical experience and training in the treatment of anxiety, depression, complex trauma/PTSD, personality disorders, and psychosis. 

He utilizes strength based, solution focused, trauma informed care approaches, and is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Internal Family Systems. He is currently in the process of completing training in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). He holds the belief that: "Mindfulness and compassionate living are not just skills I teach my clients, but also a personal practice that I believe can better the lives of all those around us"


Locations: Story County Clinic in Ames, IA and Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA
Tim Payton, LMHC

Tim Payton, LMHC

Tim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, who is also certified as an International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IAADC). He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Drake University. Tim completed Level 2 of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in 2014 and Level 1 of Internal Family Systems (IFS) in April 2018. He has studied and use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in treating clients. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavioral change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Tim has completed Level 1 and Level 2 of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a physically based talk therapy in June 2018.

Tim specializes in the treatment of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depressive disorders, grief and loss, anger, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. He also provides OWI evaluations and enjoy working with individuals on probation or parole and has be a facilitater for the Anger Management group at Eyerly Ball for two years. Tim is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). 

Locations: Story County Clinic in Ames, IA and Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA